Collection: Makode Linde

He is a Swedish artist, musician and DJ, living in Berlin. Linde's art received international attention through an event at the Modern Museum in Stockholm in April 2012. For the 75th anniversary celebration of the National Artists' Organization (KRO), he had been invited to design a cake he called Painful Cake . He made the cake in the shape of a black Venus from Willendorf, but with his own head made up like a classic caricature of black people, a so-called "golliwogg" which is similar to "blackface".

As the first piece of cake was cut, seemingly from the woman's abdomen, the artist screamed. It was videotaped and the effect was increased by the fact that the first piece of cake was cut by Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth. Many regarded the artwork as racist and the incident was reported to the Ombudsman. The National Confederation of Afro-Swedes demanded the resignation of the Minister of Culture. The artist thought he was misunderstood and claimed that the work instead depicted "how whites symbolically consume blacks, dismember their body parts and eat them".

The pictures are rooted in the artist's own experiences, with a Swedish mother and a father from West Africa. That he lives in a racist society and that he is treated differently because of his skin color has become the core of his artistry.


Adolf Fredrik School of Music, Art Department
California College of Art
Stockholm School of Art


The Culture House in Stockholm
Kungsträdgården, Stockholm
Modern Museum, Stockholm
Stadsteatern, Kulturhuset, Stockholm


Nominated for Dagens Nyheter's culture prize (art) 2013
Artist of the year 2013, Strömstad municipality

In 2008 he received the student scholarship at the Stockholm Art Fair and Sibirien Lito's student scholarship. Nowadays Makode is internationally active, and this year has made a performance at the Vendig Biennale and in Sofia in Bulgaria and participated in Suecia Contemporanea at the Uppsala Art Museum.

Linde has also collaborated with a number of pop musicians. Among other things, he made the cover for Kent's album Röd , made merchandise for Lady Gaga and the video for Zhala's single "Slippin Around".

Linde is represented at, among others, the Röhsska museum and the National Museum in Stockholm.